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Pittville Park, Cheltenham

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Pittville is a northern area of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, founded in the early 19th century by Joseph Pitt. The population of Pittville Ward at the 2011 Census was 5,327. It now contains Pittville Park, with its two lakes, skatepark, three cafes, tennis courts, menagerie, children's play area, 9-hole pitch and putt golf course, and Pump Room, Pittville School (the former Pate's Grammar School for Girls) and some of the finest examples of Regency & Victorian housing in the town. Gustav Holst's father, Adolph von Holst was organist at All Saints' Church, Pittville.
Joseph Pitt, the developer of Pittville, wanted to create a 100acre estate, with its own Pump Room, walks, rides, and gardens and up to 600 houses. Pitt envisaged Pittville as a new spa town, one which would rival Cheltenham. Development began in 1824-5. Pitt employed the architect John Forbes, who designed the basic layout of the estate, and most importantly the Pittville Pump Room, which opened on 20 July 1830. Other architects employed by Pitt include Robert Stokes.
One notable house in Pittville's history is 'Ellerslie' at 108 Albert Road. In the beginning of the 20th century it was home to Rowena Cade, who after the First World War went to Cornwall and built the Minack Theatre near Land's End, largely with her own hands. 'Ellerslie' is now being converted from a nursing home into apartments.
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  • A pleasant walk through the park from Cheltenham Racecourse into town. We passed the children play area and mums doing an outdoor keep fit class. Toilets and two small cafes along the way.  more »
  • Such a great playground for kids of all ages! It is huge! There are even a few animals. Nice little coffee/tea/ice cream shop.  more »
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  • Beautiful place to retreat to on a hot summers day. Great few hours spent for the whole family. Nice little play area with a few enclosures for birds which I'm being told has been recently upgraded. Ample space for a picnic and some nice strolls.
  • A great park for families. Two lovely play areas. The biggest one is good for older children 7+ but can get very busy at weekends and in the holidays. Lovely cafes serving good cake and coffee. There is a nice short walk around the lake on the other side of the park.
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